Thursday, March 8, 2012
I was going to do an Irish themed post, again, but Shawn thinks I might be going overboard so I was thinking about how
I have seen several posts recently featuring brown transferware, specifically from the Aesthetic Movement which you can read about HERE and thought I'd share this impromptu tablescape with brown transferware from that period (appx. 1870-1910).
I had quickly put this table together a a few months back for a client before shipping the set to her. Since Spring is so quickly approaching I thought this would be a perfect time to show it. The pattern is Bees and Daisies, circa 1885, by George Jones and it's one of my Aesthetic Movement favorites. Actually, it's just one of my favorites period.
Rather than placemats, I opted to use sheets of preserved moss allowing them to hang over the edge of the table. They go with the natural theme of the plates.
The flatware I used is by Wallace, called Butterfly. I LOVE this, but wish I'd had Napolean Bee when I put this together. Oh well!
Aren't the little bees adorable? On each of the pieces in this pattern the bees are placed randomly. Usually there is a trio of them but sometimes only one or two.
I did keep one large platter from this pattern for my collection of brown transferware from the Aesthetic Movement. You can see it on the top, right side of my bookcase.
These 125 year old plates are as in style today as they were in the late 1800's!
I made a simple arrangement for the table in an old, filigree wooden planter with some greenery, silk daisies and bumblebees.
George Jones began operation in 1864 at Stoke Upon Trent at the Trent Potteries Works. In 1873 it became George Jones & Sons Ltd. They produced earthen and majolica wares. If you are a majolica collector or admirer you might be familiar with some of the incredible majolica pieces George Jones produced which are highly sought after today.
George Jones died in 1893 and the works became known as Crescent Potteries in 1907.
In my last post I showed you all a green transferware plate I'll be using in my Saint Patricks Day tablescape. They are also by George Jones. I figured I should tell you all about these plates now because I'm not mentioning English anything in my Irish tablescape for St. Patrick's Day. Just don't tell anyone I'm using English transferware when you see these in my table next week! Besides, they've actually got an Italian scene on them anyway!
And, here's Trevor trying to get into every tablescape I do. You all
would not believe how many pictures I have of his big head in my
See you all tomorrow with a recipe for my Irish Cream Truffles and Irish Cream Toffee Coffee Ice Cream! Mmmm. I'm still posting a few more Irish things before St. Patrick's Day!